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Seattle’s New FBI Chief Described ‘Momentum’ In 13-Year-old Murder of Prosecutor

Frank Montoya Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The new head of the Seattle FBI office is wiping off the dust of a 13-year-old investigation into the fatal shooting of a Seattle federal prosecutor after expressing “momentum” in the case, the Seattle Times reports.

“It’s an ongoing, active investigation,” Special Agent in Charge Frank Montoya Jr. said during a wide-ranging news briefing. The news comes after the previous special agent in charge, Laura Laughlin, reportedly reduced the size of the task force working the case of Thomas Wales.

Montoya said he’s encouraged with the prospect of solving the case, which involves active leads.

Wales was shot in his basement through a window in the backyard.

A witness said a man fled.

Frank Montoya Jr. Becomes Next Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Seattle Division

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frank Montoya Jr., who acted as head of national counterintelligence for the U.S. government, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle Division, the Seattle Times reports.

Montoya most recently served as the national counterintelligence executive in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Montoya replaces Laura M. Laughlin, who abruptly retired in February.

Montoya joined the FBI in 1991 and was first stationed in the San Antonio Field Office, where he worked violent crime and fugitive investigations. He also worked temporarily in the Oklahoma office to help in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing investigation.

In June 1996, he transferred to the San Juan Field Office and worked in the special operations group and was a surveillance team leader on drug, violent crime, and national security cases, the FBI said.

He then went off to the Washington Field Office’s national security squad, and in April 2000, he went to headquarters where he oversaw national security investigations and operations. During that time, he assisted with the Robert Hanssen investigation.

In November 2002, he went to the Milwaukee Field Office where he was a supervisor and oversaw the counterintelligence squad and several national security investigations.

In 2005, it was back to headquarters where he was promoted to unit chief in the Counterintelligence Division.

In July 2007, he became a special agent in charge of the counterintelligence branch in the San Francisco office.

Head of FBI’s Office in Seattle Resigns Abruptly; She Had Long-Standing Sexual Discrimination Claims

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Laura M. Laughlin, head of the FBI’s office in Seattle for a decade, resigned abruptly Monday.

The Seattle Times reports that Laughlin retirement was anything but routine.

Laughlin, who joined the FBI in 1985, filed suit for sexual discrimination againt the bureau in 2011, claiming she was passed up for at least 15 promotions because of gender discrimination and retaliation since 2007.

An FBI spokeswoman said Laughlin was nearing her mandatory retirement age of 57 in September.

“Many special agents choose to retire before that age-related mandatory point,” FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich said.

Prolific Bank Robber with 2 Monickers Is Busted in Washington State

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The suspect is accused of robbing so many banks that he’s earned two nicknames – the “Elephant Man Bandit” and “Cyborg Bandit.”

Seattlepi.com reports that authorities arrested a 44-year-old Washington state man on suspicion of robbing 30 banks in the Seattle and Marysville areas in the past year.

“(We’re) very elated,” Capt. Steven Paulsen of the Seattle Police Department said Wednesday. “This person has impacted the entire Puget Sound region.”

FBI agents and local police said the man wore latex gloves and covered his face. When he wore a metallic fabric over his face, he was known as the “Cyborg Bandit.” When he covered his head with shirt, he was called “Elephant Man Bandit.”

The man was arrested Tuesday after authorities followed around his van.

ATF Supervisor Indicted for Theft

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Things aren’t looking good for James Contreras, who was an ATF supervisor in Seattle.

The Seattle PI reports that Contreras, 51, has been indicted on charges that he stole $19,700 from ATF from funds that were earmarked for undercover agents to buy guns and for informants.

The feds allege that he faked records to cover up the theft.

The paper reports that authorities allege that the crimes took place between March 2010 to April 2012.

Prosecutors claim the thefts began in March 2010 and continued through April 2012.

 

Top FBI Agent in Washington State Claims She Was Discriminated Against for Job Promotions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Laura M.  Laughlin, the top FBI agent in Washington state, says she continues to be discriminated against nearly two years after filing a gender discrimination suit against the bureau, McClatchy reports.

Special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Seattle field office, Laughlin contends in an updated legal filing that her gender has cost her jobs in other cities, including Washington, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

“The FBI has consistently and intentionally refused to promote (Laughlin) because of her gender,” Laughlin’s attorney, David Wachtel, wrote in an Aug. 15 court filing.

Wachtel added that Laughlin was targeted “because she has opposed the FBI’s gender-based and race-based discrimination against herself and others.”

Whatever the case, Laughlin’s job puts her at the head the Seattle Office and nine satellite locations. She leads a team of 300 agents and support personnel, McClatchy wrote.

Democratic Congressman Complains That Most-Wanted Terror Ad is Racist

Steve Neavlng
ticklethewire.com

A most-wanted ad posted on buses in Seattle is racist because it only depicts faces of Muslims, a Democrat who represents Seattle said Thursday, Biz Pac reports.

The ad, which pictures the FBI’s 16 most-wanted terrorists, were posted on buses throughout Seattle in an effort to track down terrorists.

It’s part of a worldwide effort to capture terrorists. A $25 million reward is offered for information leading to the capture of the suspected terrorist, according to Biz Pac.

Rep. Jim McDermott said his problem is that the suspected terrorists come “from only one ethnic or religious group promotes stereotypes and ignores other forms of extremism.”

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DEA Goes After Pot Dispensaries in Seattle, Says It’s Not Signal of War Against State Pot Laws

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The DEA has alarmed marijuana advocates after sending cease-and-desist letters to 11 dispensaries in the Seattle area, the Seattle Times reports

Although state law permits medical-marijuana dispensaries, federal law bans all forms of pot. 

The letters, however, don’t signal a war against state marijuana laws, according to the DEA.

The dispensaries were within 1,000 feet of schools, the Seattle Times reported.

Recipients of the letters were told to stop selling marijuana within 30 days or they face seizure.

California dispensaries also are being targeted by Federal authority, Gawker reports.

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